Friday, April 2, 2010

Resurrection Eggs: Egg Ten

*This is number ten of a twelve post series. There will be a new one each day for the next three days*
Egg #10: Linen Wrapping

"Joseph of Arimathea wrapped the body of Jesus in a linen cloth after He died on the cross.

Read: Matthew 27:57-61

Some Jewish leaders secretly believed Jesus was the Messiah (their Savior) but didn't want anyone to know of their belief. The Bible tells us that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, both members of the Jewish leadership group called the Sanhedrin, believed Jesus was the Son of God and trusted Him for their salvation. But they were afraid that if anyone knew they believed, they might be killed too.

However, it seems that after Jesus died on the cross, they couldn't hide their faith any longer. Isn't it exciting to know that Joseph of Arimathea loved Jesus so much he was willing to put his own life in danger?

Joseph was a very rich man and wanted His Lord Jesus to be buried in a proper manner.

Did you know the Bible said what Joseph would do before Joseph or Jesus was born? Yes, it's true. Listen to Isaiah 53:9: 'His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death...' God's Word is always true, and God is always in control of what happens in the world and in your life!

So Joseph went to Pilate and got the body of Jesus to bury Him in a nice tomb that he owned. After bringing the body to this tomb, Joseph wrapped Jesus in linen cloth. This was the way the Jews prepared bodies for burial in order to keep or preserve them. But little did they know that this was not needed for Jesus!

Joseph's courage and love for Jesus were really amazing! God must be pleased when we love Him enough to risk the things we own, even our very lives, to stand with Him. Will you be courageous and stand with Jesus?"

Resurrection Eggs Randal Lee Walti

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